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Good Food Project Garden Newsletter April  2017 Sprout  
 
Inglewood Classic 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run - A Smashing Success!
A beautiful Earth Day dawned early over the fields at Inglewood Farm on Saturday, April 22, 2017 as runners and those who came to walk experienced a terrific beginning for the "Inglewood Classic 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run" that benefitted the Good Food Project. Over 165 participants came out to support the cause. The course took folks around the historic Inglewood Plantation, one of the most beautiful places around central Louisiana. Participants also got to enjoy live music,  and Inglewood's Annual Spring Open Fire Pig Roast! Children delighted in horse rides, the chickens, and the pigs on the farm, and the adults got to shop with local vendors of fresh produce, crafts, and tasty treats at the Farmers Market. The proceeds of the benefit run will be used to help alleviate hunger in Central Louisiana by educating , feeding, and teaching people to grow their own food and to become more self-sufficient. We can't wait for next year! And a hearty thank you to all the participants, our sponsors and volunteers for helping to make this a smashing success!
Scenes from the Inglewood Classic 5k and Fun Run - April 22, 2017
 
We invite you to join us at Good Food Project for sustainable gardening and nutrition information!

For information about partnering with the Good Food Project, or for other GFP program opportunities, contact the Good Food Project staff at 318.445.2773 or via email: fboudreaux@fbcenla.org, or cbaker@fbcenla.org,  and on the web: www.goodfoodprojectcenla.org    
Recipe of the Month
Delicious Mangoes
Mangoes make a healthy treat for kids, freshly cut or in smoothies or salsas - Natchitoches Boys and Girls Club of El Camino Real
Did you know?
  • Mangoes contain antioxidants that help fight cancer
  • Mangoes helps clear the skin
  • Mangoes help fight heat stroke
  • Mangoes help improve digestion
How to Cut a Mango
  1. Stand the mango on a cutting board stem end down and hold it - Place a sharp knife about 1/4 " from the widest center line and cut down through the mango
  2.  Flip the mango around and repeat the cut on the other side. The resulting ovals are called "cheeks" (what is left in the middle is mostly mango seed)
  3.  Cut a checkerboard of parallel slices into the mango flesh, being careful not to cut through the skin
  4. Either scoop the chunks of mango out with a large spoon or turn the scored mango cheek inside out by pushing the skin from underneath and scrape the mango chunks off with a knife or spoon

www.mango.org/en/About-Mangos/How-to-Cut-a-Mango

 

In April plant:

  • Bean, Lima, Bush, Pole, Snap
  • Cantaloupe
  • Chard, Swiss
  • Collards
  • Corn, Sweet
  • Cucumbers
  • Eggplant (Seeds*)
  • Eggplant (Plants)
  • Kale
  • Kohlrabi
  • Lettuce (in pots in partial shade)
  • Mustard Greens
  • Okra
  • Peas, Southern
  • Pepper, Hot (Plants)
  • Pepper, Bell (Plants)
  • Pumpkin
  • Radish
  • Summer Squash
  • Tomatoes (Plant)
  • Watermelons

 *Start seed indoors

 In May plant:

  • Bean, Lima, Bush, Pole, Snap
  • Cantaloupe
  • Chard, Swiss
  • Collards
  • Corn, Sweet
  • Cucumbers
  • Cucuzzi Squash
  • Cushaw
  • Edible Soybean 
  • Eggplants (Seed)
  • Eggplant (Plants)
  • Kale
  • Kohlrabi
  • Lettuce (in pots in partial shade)
  • Luffa Gourd
  • Malabar Spinach
  • Mirliton
  • Mustard Greens
  • Okra
  • Peanuts
  • Peas, Southern
  • Pepper, Hot (Plants)
  • Pepper, Bell (Plants)
  • Pumpkin
  • Radishes,
  • Summer Squash
  • Sweet Potato
  • Tomatoes (Plants)
  • Watermelons
  • Yard-long Beans

  

 

 

 

Children learning how to plant seeds at TREE House Children's Museum - a Good Food Project Partner Organization

                               

 

Garden News

April has been  fast and furious month. Spring plantings are occurring at many of GFP's partner organization sites with work days scheduled through out the month. A new  school garden was installed at NSU Lab School this month, we welcome them aboard. GFP will expand further in Catahoula Parish and install a first garden site in Concordia Parish in May, adding two Food Bank Pantry sites to our roster of gardens. If your  organization is located within the eleven parish service area of The Food Bank of Central Louisiana and is interested in a community garden, please contact the Good Food Project at 318-445-2773 or GoodFoodProject@fbcenla.org 

 

  NSU Lab Elementary School in  Natchitoches became a new GFP school partner in April 

 

For more information about how your organization can partner or volunteer with Good Food Project contact us at goodfoodproject@fbcenla.org or call 318-445-2773 


Workday Wednesday

WEDNESDAY MORNINGS WITH GFP for  WORK DAY WEDNESDAYS AND WEDNESDAY AFTERNOONS AT PINEVILLE YOUTH CENTER GARDEN CLUB - Where Volunteers make a world of difference!

Join us any Wednesday at the Good Food Project demonstration garden at 3223 Baldwin Avenue  from 7:30-11:30 AM for WORKDAY WEDNESDAYSCome out and harvest with us and learn new things about gardening and make new friends! Or, if you are interested in volunteering at one of our off-site garden programs, please contact us at GoodFoodProject@fbcenla.org 

If Wednesdays aren't good for you, call us to set up another volunteer day! 318-445-2773 

 

Workday Wednesday volunteers: GFP depends on these dedicated volunteers each week at the demonstration garden and at Pineville Youth Center

 

 

 

Garden Tips:
Gardening with children helps to engage all their senses. They can observe nature up close, feel the different textures of plants, smell the wonderful fragrances of flowers, fresh vegetables and herbs, hear the sounds of birds and insects, and taste delicious healthy food freshly harvested. Gardening also helps reduce stress in children and adults.
A group from We Care Behavioral Health enjoyed a fun day in the demonstration garden this month
Volunteer of the Month - Rhonda Lair
 

Volunteer of the month - Rhonda Lair at the Good Food Project Demonstration Garden


 

 Rhonda Lair joined Good Food Project as a first-time volunteer this month, and what a fantastic volunteer she has been! A native of Alexandria, Rhonda said she was curious about how to grow food for her family and wanted to learn more. What better way to learn than by working with others at the GFP demonstration garden? Rhonda is the mother of two and the grandmother of three children. Having been the sixth of ten children, Rhonda understands the importance of learning how to grow food for a large family. She also indicated that she likes coming to GFP because she "just like to see the vegetables growing," she added that she likes being in the demonstration garden. For all the many reasons Rhonda came to help at GFP, we are grateful for her can-do spirit and willingness to help wherever it is needed. Rhonda has become an important part of the team - we welcome her to GFP!


 

GFP welcomes  individual and organizational volunteers at our community gardens and at the Good Food Project on Wednesday mornings in the demonstration garden, 3223 Baldwin Avenue - Food Bank of Central Louisiana 71301 - 318-445-2773.

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